I was going to post about my birthday that was yesterday.  Now, all I'm going to mention about my birthday is that I did have a piece of cake.  It was my birthday after all.  Right now all I can think about is how bad my back hurts today.  Days like today make it difficult for me to see a hopeful future when it comes to my physical well-being.  I have noticed that I've been able to increase my exercise levels from just a few weeks ago, but I don't feel my back getting any better.  As a matter of fact, it almost feels worst some days.  Today I just want to curl up on my couch and cry.  It's mostly the right side.  Over a year and a half ago I had an MRI of my back.  It showed that not only do I have arthritis in my back, but I also have a bulging disc.  I'm thinking that that has gotten worst in the last year and a half.  I should have decided to change my health years ago.  Oh well, hindsight is always 20/20.  I'm going to have to see a chiropractor soon.  For now, I'm going to take some anti-inflammatories and lay on a heat pad, .


04/07/2013 1:03pm

Dear Mary,

Happy Birthday, and just keep taking it one day at a time. I finally broke my 1st goal to get below a certain weight, and then this Saturday, went back up 1.5 pounds (back above the scale goal.) It is a never ending battle, but keep fighting! I want to see you when you reach your goal!

Mary McFadden
04/08/2013 8:37am

Thanks. Gina. I really want to meet my goal. One days where my back and knees hurt bad, I really start to feel hopeless. It's hard. Especially with my weight going up and down a few pounds, on a regular basis.

06/03/2013 8:19am

Oh, wow, that would be painful. What pain relievers do you find work best? Arthritis can be reversed by eliminating concentrated animal proteins and eating high fiber foods.

And recently, some ladies were talking in the break rooat work about how eliminating sugar had a huge effect on reducing arthritis symptoms or people they knew. I thought that was really interesting and worth looking into. Maybe you should try an elimination experiment and let me know if it works for you.

I think going to a chiropractor would be good, there are some that are super effective and a few who could injure your back further, like I heard one lady in class at DXATC tell me how she became disabled after seeing Dr. Gunn. I like Dr. Traveller and Dr. Labrum in St. George, Utah.

Mary McFadden
06/04/2013 5:43pm

I feel like my back is getting stronger the more I exercise, but I have a long way to go. One of the first things I did when I started my weight loss journey is cut out sugar. I went from tons of sugar to almost nothing over night. I say almost because sugar likes to hide in unexpected places.


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